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2,289 arrested in connection with Easter Sunday bombing and communal violence

[June 04 2019]

The total number of arrested suspects in connection with the Easter Sunday bomb attacks (21 April) and violence in the Northwestern Province and several other areas are 2,289. It includes 330 Sinhalese, 139 Tamils, and 1820 Muslims revealed the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara at a media briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya, on Monday evening (03 June).

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Terror group accomplice arrested

[June 01 2019]

An accomplice of the suicide bomber Zahran was taken into custody by police several days ago. The suspect named, Shahul Hameed Hamees Mohamed also known as Kalmunei Siyam alias Abu Hassan was arrested on 22nd (May).

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TID to carry out further investigations into copper factory employees

[May 28 2019]

Action has been taken to hand over further investigations relating to the nine employees of the Wellampitiya copper factory who are presently out on bail, to the Terrorist Investigation Division.

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Escape of 15 ISIS suspects to India is not yet confirmed

[May 27 2019]

There was news flashed on Indian media and websites that 15 ISIS terrorist suspects were escaped from Srilanka to Lakshadweep island in India by sea, However Srilanka Navy still haven’t officially confirmed this news and ...

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General public is requested to act calm and do not get panic in order to worn out the actions by narrow minded personal

[May 25 2019]

Navy Marine Corps took 06 personal in to custody who were engaged in unlawful sand lifting in Kandakladu area in kinniya, Trincomalee on yesterday (23 May).

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Investigations into false newspaper report

[May 24 2019]

A front page newspaper report in a national daily on Thursday (23) had claimed that a doctor connected to the Thowheed Jamaath had sterilized 4000 Sinhala Buddhist women during caesarean operations and that information has been received with evidence and investigations have commenced to arrest the doctor.

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DNA tests confirm identities of suicide bombers

[May 22 2019]

The DNA test reports of the Government Analyst's Department have confirmed on Tuesday evening (21) the identities of the Easter Sunday bombers, revealed the Police Media Spokesperson SP Ruwan Gunasekara during a press briefing held at the Media Centre in Kollupitiya last evening (21).

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Peaceful environment during the Vesak period

[May 21 2019]

A peaceful environment prevailed in the country during the Vesak holidays and life is returning to normalcy. Nevertheless, Police is carrying out operations and investigations together with the Tri Forces and the Civil Defence Department.

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Strong action to maintain law and order

[May 16 2019]

The Sri Lanka Navy has deployed about 2000 personnel covering the entire country to support the Police in order to ensure that law and order would be maintained.

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78 arrested over violence in Northwestern region

[May 16 2019]

The Police have arrested 78 individuals in connection with the violence in the Northwestern Province especially in the Kurunegala, Kuliyapitiya, Nikaweratiya and Chilaw Police Divisions during the last two days. These suspects have been produced at the Magistrates Courts and thereafter remanded.

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Police will use maximum powers to control the tense situations

[May 15 2019]

Srilanka Air Force took swift actions to control the tense situation that occurred in Minuangoda area yesterday (13 May), Troops from several air force camps were deployed to the location.

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Security forces has taken all measures for public security

[May 14 2019]

Security forces together with police are carrying out maximum operations to eradicate terrorism in the country.

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Maximum effort to ensure public security

[May 13 2019]

The Police and the Tri Forces have taken maximum effort to provide security to all schools. The public is requested to continue with their routine activities without fear as maximum security has been provided to ensure public security. There is no cause for fear.

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Vehicles unheeding order to stop at Navy checkpoint fired at

[May 12 2019]

Sri Lanka Navy personnel manning a checkpoint at Hunupitiya, Wattala had to open fire at a car which had sped ignoring orders to stop. Navy had placed three road blocks near the railway crossing in Wattala after receiving information about the movement of suspicious vehicles.

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More suspects arrested

[May 11 2019]

A suspect was arrested in Kattankudy by Police, Thursday night (9). Investigations have revealed that the suspect had maintained close links with the suicide bomber Zahran and had even involved in financial transactions with him.

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Entry and exit restriction eased at Katunayake airport

[May 10 2019]

The Sri Lanka Air Force was made aware that the passengers arriving and departing the Bandaranaike International Airport had to undergo considerable inconvenience because of the enhanced security arrangements put into effect from the 21st April, 2019..

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Extremist training locations raided

[May 08 2019]

A 25-acre land in Riditenna in Valaichchenai Police Division was searched by the CID, Police and STF on Monday (06) after it was identified as a site used by the extremist terror group for their activities.

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Media Release

[May 07 2019]

A request has been made not to telecast the occasions when the security forces conduct search operations in houses and public places through the media.

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Security operations to ensure safety of school children

[May 06 2019]

During the past 48 hours, the armed forces have focused their full attention on the safety of school children. We have fully evaluated the security status quo and taken all necessary preventive security measures covering all the schools.

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Special search operations around schools premises on Sunday

[May 05 2019]

Special security arrangements have been made to facilitate the reopening of schools on Monday. Necessary instructions have already been issued to all Police stations in the country.

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Nearly 15 000 Tri Forces troops deployed for security

[May 04 2019]

Island wide security has been tightened with Tri Force having deployed nearly 15,000 personnel to ensure public security during the past 48 hours. The Army alone has deployed about 10 000 personnel for these operations.

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Political leadership is of extreme importance when fighting terrorism, says British State Minister for Security

[May 03 2019]

The British Minister of State for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace said the political leadership is extremely important to fight against terrorism with international connections.

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Police bury those killed in Saithamaruthu incident

[May 03 2019]

Police took measures to bury ten remains of those killed in the Sainthamaruthu suicide blast after completing investigations and post mortem procedures, on Thursday (02 May).

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Ongoing operations successful

[April 30 2019]

The island wide search operations being carried out by Tri Forces, Police and STF are continuing and security has been tightened. Maximum security has been provided to all places of worship by the Tri Forces, Police and STF.

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Navy to undertake reconstruction of Kochchikade St. Anthony's church

[April 30 2019]

The reconstruction of the St. Anthony's Shrine in Kochchikade which was damaged in the Easter Sunday bombing will be carried out by the Sri Lanka Navy.

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Army continues with search operations

[April 30 2019]

Sri Lanka Army through its seven formations encompassing the entire country is carrying out search operations to apprehend extremist terrorists.

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Key suspects arrested

[April 29 2019]

A total of 44 suspects have been placed under CID custody in connection with the Easter Sunday bombings uptodate. Seven of these suspects held by the CID are females. In addition, fifteen other suspects are being held by the Terrorist Investigations Division (TID) including two females for investigations

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Overall Operational Command, Colombo Established with Immediate Effect

[April 29 2019]

The Army Headquarters Monday (29) evening announced that all Army, Navy, Air Force and Police areas within the Western Province and Puttalam District have been placed under command to the Overall Operational Command - Colombo for operational purposes with immediate effect.

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PRESS RELEASE

[April 28 2019]

Any individuals, groups or organizations involved publishing false news, information, images, interviews or any other form of publications that could provoke communal/racial tensions, public disturbance or disunity among the people is liable for prosecution under Emergency Regulations, currently in force.

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Casualties among Terrorists & Safe House Occupants Rise to 15

[April 27 2019]

Army troops with Policemen and other members of the Security Forces who cordoned the entire area of Nintavur - Kalmunai after terrorists fired at them from a safe house late Friday (26) evening began their clearing operations at twilight (27) reaching the location from where explosions were heard.

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Two Gunmen Killed in Retaliatory Attacks

[April 27 2019]

Army troops, together with Police personnel in the general area of Nintavur, Sahindamaradu after shoot out on Friday (26) evening are now conducting clearing operations, having cordoned the entire area as this report was filed around midnight.

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Island-Wide Army Operations on in Full Swing

[April 27 2019]

Island-wide Army troops, together with Policemen, Navy and Air Force troops in a bid to stem fanatical terrorist extremism and restore normalcy in the country after Tri-Services were vested with required provisions with enforcement of Emergency Regulations are currently engaged in a variety of security operations with special focus on most vulnerable areas and places in Colombo and elsewhere.

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General Amnesty Attracts Four Digit Number Deserters So Far

[April 27 2019]

A total of 2882 Army deserters, including 2 Officers have so far reported to receive their discharge from the Army in the past four days (April 22 - 25) after HE the President in his capacity as Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and Minister of Defence on the recommendations of the Ministry of Defence and the Commander of the Army offered a General Amnesty period (22 Apr - 10 May) to all Army absentees under four categories.

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MEDIA RELEASE (National Media Centre)

[April 26 2019]

A number of incidents of public disturbances have been reported in several parts of the country due to the circulation of false information.

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Public Requested to Identify Terrorist Suspects

[April 26 2019]

Police Headquarters Seek Public Assistance to Identify Following Six Suspects involved in Easter Sunday (21) Terrorist Attacks in Colombo and elsewhere.

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Army Troops Begin Mobile Patrols, Static Duties, Vehicle Checks & Searches

[April 25 2019]

Hundreds of Army Officers and Other Ranks across the country after the gazette notification conferred the powers of search, detention or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, immediately took up position around the country on the instructions of respective Commanders of Security Forces, General Officers Commanding and Brigade Commanders.

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Armed Forces Called Out Conferring Powers to Contain Terrorist Acts

[April 25 2019]

HE the President Maithripala Sirisena as the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces through the Extraordinary Gazettes No 2120/4 and 2120/5, dated 22.04.2019 has called out the armed forces under Section 12 of the Public Security Ordinance for the purpose of maintaining public order conferring the powers of search, detention for purposes of such search, or arrest without warrant any person on members of the armed forces, identical to those possessed by Police officers.

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Emergency Telephone Numbers at Army Headquarters

[April 23 2019]

The public are requested to contact following Telephone numbers at the Army Headquarters in case information as regards any suspicious movements or vehicles is to be intimated in case of emergency.

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